The UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been told that there will be no renegotiation of the Brexit deal.
During the summit which extended into the early hours, European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker said it was ‘crystal clear’, that no further renegotiation of the Brexit deal would be had.
Juncker did offer that the EU would ‘add clarifications’, but this would not lead to ‘real changes’.
The move is a significant blow to Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan for the EU Summit where she intended to seek assurances on elements of the Brexit deal, specifically that the Irish backstop would be only a temporary measure.
Yesterday she had told the media she did not ‘expect an immediate breakthrough but what I do hope is that we can start work as quickly as possible on the assurances that are necessary.’
In a change of tack, the Prime Minister put forward a proposal to the 27 EU leaders that they should work on establishing a start date for the future relationship rather than the end of the backstop.
However, it is understood that the EU leaders drew up five ‘conclusions’ done without the Prime Minister’s knowledge.
The UK Telegraph said that one of those lines which was later changed, originally offered the room to look at further reassurances. This however was refocused towards looking at the consequences of the UK’s departure.
Jean Claude Juncker is currently seeking clarifications in the weeks to come, from the UK, believing their vision of the future relationship with the EU to be too vague and lacking clarity.
“Our UK friends need to say what they want, instead of asking us to say what we want,” Mr Juncker said.
Speaking to Sky News, ‘I would like to invite them, in all respect, to read the deal line by line.’
Today is the second day of the EU summit where discussions will turn to the issue of migration.
The UK Prime Minister is likely to be allowed to participate in only half of today’s proceedings and will be returning to the UK to potentially heavy backlash from her party and opponents across the House of Commons.